The Colours of Oz

The Ctreatures that make up the Character of our Nature

Archive for the ‘Wild Life’ Category

Ant Hunter

These little Jumpers are the kittens of the spider world, so apparently playful at times the way they hop, skip and jump about in what looks like playful abandon. Not the times depicted here though. Here they are hunting ants, successfully. Ants will often travel in a line on an open surface and there you will find these spiders, waiting in the wings to pick off strays, or pouncing on the line and carrying an ant off to eat it in quiet.

These lines of ants are often guarded by soldier ants, big and ferocious fellows. But even they can become a Jumpers dinner, as you can see here – one has an ant nearly as big as itself.

Cute? Not to an ant.

Advertisements

March/Horse Fly – Flower Feeder2

A colourful little beauty this. Usually blood suckers, but this one feeds on nectar. I’ll have to remember that so there is no unnecessary wariness, if there is a next time.

This one came in through the open window one night so I trapped it. Can’t have a big fella like this roaming the house at night. Next morning I got a few shots of him – I think – on some carnations from upstairs then gave him a little honey and water before letting him go outside. As soon as I let him go he landed on the red flower you see in the last picture.

Then off he lazily flew, into the wild yonder.

Odds 10

A few of the creatures that live on the wooden bollards in the car park at the local nature reserve.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Collected Works of Nature

Some of nature’s wonderful creatures that each have an essential place in the order of things, or they could not be.

Written by Mark

October 9, 2010 at 10:37 am

Odds 9

The Leaf Cutter Bee cutting a rose leaf to help make its nest. The Midge resting on a yellow flower. An Assassin Bug eating a Midge. Grasshopper riding a flower in the wind. Fly, tasting a leaf. Every one as alive and active as you or me.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Written by Mark

September 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Ant

These ants have been occupying a sunny spot at the top of an unused entrance to a building in the local scout camp. Two kinds, big and smaller. The activity was feverish. The pic with the two kinds touching is a momentary exchange, not a fight. Each day I went there was a different bull ant on the highest position, each time with parts missing, a foot, a leg, antennae. The bulls had one posture, jaws agape in ready stance. A domination game perhaps.

Ichneumon Wasp

Another beautiful Wasp, elegant and colourful. And they don’t sting, they just fly around doing wasp things. Like exploring, eating, sleeping and all the other things creatures do. Just like me and you.